Few properly Mexican companies can be called exporters. However, Technology Creative Core (TCC) is. Dedicated to different kinds of technology products, as well as 3D industrial printers, internet of things devices, applications and smart homes, this company is proud of creating unique Mexican products in Latin America.
TCC formally began operations in 2002. Bach then the activity of the company was towards automation, but in little time it was a project to design and manufacture automated greenhouses, until in 2011 the division TCC print started operations. A year later they created the first industrial driven printer and in 2013, they properly, entered the printers market with the ATOM IV model.
“We are the first company designing the first 3D printer in Latin America,” explained Joan Miramontes, technology manager at TCC. Among the advantages and benefits of the company, are that the machines they manufacture, compared with the ones on the market, are completely focused to the industrial market. “Most of 3D printers in the market are for the consumer, but ours are not. Ours are made specially for industries, since we understand their needs,” explained Miguel Miramontes, sales director.
Among the differences of TCC 3D printers and others in the market is that, although their prices are similar, the ones of the consumer market are disposable: when they fail, they can be thrown away. “However, that cannot be done on the industrial market. Industrials want for printers to last much time working, because they imply a strong investment,” explained Joan Miramontes.
Another advantage TCC personnel considers their printers have is support and local service. “We are not only printers’ distributors; we are manufacturers. We develop technology to satisfy the needs of the industry,” said Miramontes.
Up to the moment, the main place where printers are exported is to the United States. However, exports to Europe and other countries around the world are the destinations they are currently seeking to settle.
As it is a binational company, they choose to settle in Ciudad Juarez-El Paso because it is a center of export traffic between both countries. The manufacturing process of printers is part of the raw material. Printers are done of extruded aluminum, for which the company has an aluminum factory. A mechanical design is done, it is cut to size, aluminum is reworked, for then be painted and assembled. Finally, test is done to prove its mechanisms, since they have an electronic part. There is also a software part, since the entire code is programmed which will execute the instructions of a high-level software. Then there is a quality check to prove the printer has the standards of a product for the industrial sector.
How those products are forefront technology, the manufacture implies a training process for its customers. During this training of 8 to 16 hours TCC personnel visits the customer to explain the functioning of the printer, in addition to maintenance questions and good practices.
Unlike a maquila of conventional factory, TCC has not production lines, has areas. “Our areas are of aluminum extrusion, aluminum rework, assembly, electronics and software,” underlined Miguel Miramontes.
Despite the company has employees, much of the work the manufacturing of these products implies is done by the same printers. “A sister printer builds the pieces for other printers,” specified Joan Miramontes.
TCC managers pointed out proudly that the entire technology they fulfill is Mexican, since its engineers are Mexican. “Schools still do not teach everything we do here. When engineers come to us, we have to train them first in 3D printer. The estimated learning time is of 2 to 3 months, but even though, you never stop learning,” shared Miguel Miramontes.
Regarding their supplies, the noticeable thing of this company is that they manufacture them themselves. The aluminum their printers require come from a partner plant, IMSSA. Plastic pieces also manufactured by them. The plastic filament they require for these pieces, nevertheless, come from Poland, Germany, Spain, England, China, among other countries, since Mexico still has no supplier of this kind of material. “We hope that there will be a Mexican plastic filament supplier, since thus we can say the printer is completely Mexican since then we can say the printer is completely Mexican,” said Miguel Miramontes.
TCC launched to the market in 2018, as new projects, the ATOM IV + and ATOM V printers. The main differences of these products, compared with others, are the characteristics regarding sizes: at larger size, larger printing capability and high and low software improvements, like on user interface.
TCC personnel is convinced that the company has a high sense of social responsibility. “Our products imply resources savings for customers. This pays society in many ways,” said Joan Miramontes.
“In addition, the printer helps to awake minds, since it is a machine that produces and creates,” said Miguel Miramontes.
Finally, managers detailed that inside values and principles ruling the company are respect to creativity and entrepreneurship. “Respect to creativity is fundamental for us, since we know about people not wanting to buy Mexican products simple for the reason of being Mexican. We, Mexicans, are known worldwide for our creativity, but if we are so creative, why there are no Mexican products. TCC respects what our personnel does here,” said Joan Miramontes.
“In addition, we also respect entrepreneurship, since our products create, in turn, other products. Imagination is the limit,” ended technology manager.